The Federal Office for Building and Regional Planning

Research projects

The Federal Institute for Research on Building, Urban Affairs and Spatial Development (BBSR) supports federal politics with its projects. The projects deal with current issues of spatial planning, urban development as well as building and housing. They reveal the need for political action and provide scientifically sound bases with which political instruments and measures can be further developed.

You can find an overview of current and completed research projects on this page. You can use the search function to search for specific topics using key words.

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Integration of immigrants – challenges for urban development Type: Research Project

In 15 case studies with different communal starting points and different basic conditions, in 2017 and 2018 the project collected communal strategies for dealing with current immigration development. The objective was to gain systematic knowledge about conditions and …

Programme: General Departmental Research Status: Completed Project duration: October 2016 – February 2021

Active mobility in urban quarters Type: Research Project

The research project "Active Mobility in Urban quarters" investigated the promotion of walking and cycling through systematic approaches at the urban quarter level. With this, municipalities of Aachen, Kiel, Cologne and Leipzig implemented measures over a period of 5 …

Programme: ExWoSt Status: Completed Project duration: July 2016 – December 2021

Integrated approaches to Dissonant Heritage in Europe Type: Research Project

All over Europe, dissonant heritage of the 20th century is under discussion. The Partnership on Culture and Cultural Heritage in the Urban Agenda for the EU (UAEU) currently addresses this topic in the framework of a specific 'Action'. Since 2020, a working group of …

Programme: ExWoSt Status: Ongoing Started: Since April 2021

New Urban Quarters – Concepts and Built Reality
Type: Research Project

Many municipalities experience a continued or resumed population growth due to migration. As a result, new urban quarters emerge in numerous local authorities. However, this process has not been a focal point of academic and planning practice-related discourse, mainly …

Programme: ExWoSt Status: Completed Project duration: November 2017 – November 2020

Possibilities and Strategies for the German EU Council Presidency 2020 Type: Research Project

Between January 2018 and November 2020, two guiding documents for urban development in Europe were developed: The "New Leipzig Charter: The Transformative Power of Cities for the Common Good" and the related document "Implementing the New Leipzig Charter through …

Programme: ExWoSt Status: Completed Project duration: January 2018 – October 2021

Social, urban and local development in rural areas Type: Research Project

The research team analysed the current situation of the socially and economically disadvantaged population in rural areas in terms of relevance, spatial distribution as well as typical problems and needs. The project identified differences from metropolitan areas and …

Programme: ExWoSt Status: Completed Project duration: January 2019 – September 2021

Green Urban Labs Type: Research Project

Urban greenery significantly impacts the quality of life in our cities. Green open spaces assume a variety of health, business, climate and ecological functions. But cities are constantly changing: life, housing, work and recreation change, growth and contraction …

Programme: ExWoSt Status: Completed Project duration: September 2016 – June 2021

Density and mixed-use: Innovative approaches to redensification in German and American cities Type: Research Project

Innovative, diverse, livable, and sustainable is how we want our cities to grow; this requires a sustainable and resilient redensification strategy. The project "Density & Mixed-Use: Innovative Approaches to Redensification in German and American Cities" aims to …

Programme: ExWoSt Status: Ongoing Started: Since October 2021

Urban Gardening (with forest gardens) – Feasibility study Type: Research Project

Urban gardening is a young, but for quite some time ongoing phenomenon that – to continue the metaphor – "grows and thrives", especially in large cities. The study provides an overview of the spread and typologies of urban gardening in Germany. It also identifies which …

Programme: General Departmental Research Status: Completed Project duration: July 2020 – June 2021

New Urban Agenda of the United Nations: characterising, measuring and visualising the progress of its implementation across various levels Type: Research Project

Compact urban development, the efficient use of resources, mobility in cities and regions as well as the well-being of all are the core messages of the New Urban Agenda adopted by the United Nations as global guiding principle of modern urban development. From 2022, the …

Programme: General Departmental Research Status: Completed Project duration: December 2019 – June 2021

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